the Accuplacer Tests
The Accuplacer Reading Comprehension test consists of 20 questions. Two types of questions
are essentially posed in this particular exam:
- The first type consists of reading a paragraph followed by a question based on the
text. Paragraphs are both long and short. Within these passages, you will find explicit
statements related to the main idea, explicit statements related to a secondary idea,
inference and application.
- In the second type, you will find two sentences followed by a question about the relationship
between these two sentences.
The Accuplacer Sentence Skills test consists of 20 questions. Two types of questions
are posed in this exam:
- Sentence Ccorrection: The first type requires you to understand sentence structure.
These types of questions ask you to choose the most suitable word or phrase to substitute
for the underlined section of the sentence.
- Construction Shift: The construction shift questions require that a sentence be rewritten
according to the criteria shown while maintaining the same meaning as the original
- It is important to note that certain skills are also being tested within these two
types of questions, such as logic of the sentence, whether or not the answer is a
complete sentence and the relationship between coordination and subordination.
The Accuplacer Arithmetic subtest assesses your ability to perform elementary arithmetic
operations, as well as to solve problems that involve basic arithmetic concepts. The
Arithmetic test consists of 17 questions in three different categories:
- Operations with whole numbers and fractions, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication,
division, estimating and recognizing equivalent fractions and mixed numbers.
- Operations with decimals and percents, including addition, subtraction, multiplication,
and division with decimals, as well as percent problems, recognition of decimals,
fraction and percent equivalencies, and problems involving estimation.
- Applications and problem solving, such as rate, percent, and measurement problems,
simple geometry problems and distribution of a quantity into its fractional parts.
There are 12 questions in the Accuplacer Elementary Algebra test consisting of three
different types of problems:
- The first type involves operations with integers and rational numbers. This may include
computation with integers and negative rationals, the use of absolute values and ordering.
- The second type involves operations with algebraic expressions using evaluation of
simple formulas and expressions, and adding and subtracting monomials and polynomials.
Questions involve multiplying and dividing monomials and polynomials, the evaluation
of positive rational roots and exponents, simplifying algebraic fractions and factoring.
- The third type of Elementary Algebra problem involves the solution of equations, inequalities,
word problems, solving linear equations and inequalities, the solution of quadratic
equations by factoring, solving verbal problems presented in an algebraic context
(including geometric reasoning and graphing) and the translation of written phrases
into algebraic expressions.
College Level Math Test
The College Level Math subtest consists of 20 questions. It should be noted that this
particular test measures individual skills from intermediate algebra through precalculus.
There are several types of questions:
- Algebraic operations includes simplifying rational algebraic expressions, factoring,
expanding polynomials and manipulating roots and exponents.
- Solutions of equations and inequalities includes the solution of linear and quadratic
equations and inequalities, equation systems and other algebraic equations.
- Coordinate geometry includes plane geometry, the coordinate plane, straight lines,
conics, sets of points in the plane and graphs of algebraic functions.
- Applications and other algebra topics ask about complex numbers, series and sequences,
determinants, permutations and combinations, fractions and word problems.
- The functions and trigonometry category presents problems about polynomials, algebraic,
exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions.
NOTE: The definitions listed above were derived from CollegeBoard.com.